Florida Senate Gaming Bill in Play

posted by Rick Flagg - 

The latest version of a Senate gambling bill cleared a budget subcommittee at the state capitol Monday. 

Senator Kelli Stargel of Lakeland doesn't like the bill but voted for it anyway because this may be the legislature's last chance to come up with a comprehensive gaming bill and "fix" the compact with the Seminole Tribe.

"We are in a position that none of us wanted to be in, in a situation where we are in conflict with the compact, as ruled by the courts," she said. "That needs to be addressed, and it needs to be fixed to keep us to our word in the compact."

There's a new sense of urgency this year because of Amendment 3 on the November ballot.

That amendment would forbid any future expansion of casino gaming without voter approval.

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